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Mga Ligaw at

Endangered
Animals
Pinasa ni: Hallerith Zyne E. Pontanar

Pinasa kay: Gng. Lilia M. Dionaldo


Philippine Eagle

Also called the monkey-eating eagle, the Philippine eagle is native to the southern
Philippines. It is characterized by a brown and white feather pattern and bushy crest, and is
believed to be one of the largest and most powerful birds on Earth. A full-grown adult can grow
to as big as four feet (ft) tall and can weigh as much as nine kilograms (kg). The monkey-eating
eagle is the Philippines national bird. Major threats to the Philippine eagle's survival are
deforestation, mining, and pollution.
Philippine Freshwater Crocodile

Locally known as Mindoro crocodiles, they are endemic in the Philippines. The Philippine
freshwater crocodile is quite small compared to other crocodiles, growing to about four and a
half to five feet long and weighing approximately 15 kg. The Mindoro crocodile is also listed as
critically endangered by the IUCN. It is reported that as of September 2011, there are only 250
of them left in the country.
Tamaraw

Also known as the Mindoro dwarf buffalo, the Tamaraw is the only known bovine that is
indigenous to the Philippines. Until the 20th century, the original habitat of this species was
essentially intact and unharmed. They were once found all over Mindoro Island, from the plains
up to the mountains. But now the population has been reduced to about 200, with many being
carefully bred in captivity. Another critically endangered animal according to the IUCN, the
main causes of the Tamaraw being on the list of endangered animals in the Philippines are
illegal hunting, logging, and residential land clearing.
The Mindoro Bleeding-Heart

Another species that is fighting for its very existence is the Mindoro Bleeding-
heart, a type of ground dove with the unmistakable red markings on its chest. The sad reality is
most, of its natural habitat has been cleared as majority, if not all, of the primary forests of
Mindoro have been cleared.
The Philippine Tarsier

This small primate is another endangered species endemic in the Philippine islands. This
species was once widespread throughout Southeast Asia. Fossils of these animals were also
found in North America and Europe. Tarsiers today can also be found in other Asian countries
such as Indonesia and Malaysia.